Hotels:† Here are some options. (You can of course also make a reservation at any other hotel of your choice.) University City: The Inn at Penn; Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel; Homewood Suites. Center City: Club Quarters is a good all-around choice. Also Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel, Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia,Courtyard Marriott. (itís an easy trip from Center City to University City by taxi/Uber, public transportation, bike share, or walking.)
Conference Venue: †The conference will be in Pennís ARCH Building, at the intersection of 36th Street and Locust Walk, the major campus walkway. Enter the ARCH building from the 36th Street entrance, where you will find a registration desk. Please register at the Registration Desk in the lobby of the ARCH Building. Sessions will be in Room 208 on the second floor.† Google Map location and directions here.
Arriving by Taxi or Uber:† Coming from the airport, instruct the driver to drop you at 36th and Spruce Streets. Then walk North on the 36th Street walkway until you reach the ARCH Building. Coming from the 30th Street Amtrak Station, or from Center City, instruct the driver to drop you at 36th and Walnut Streets. Then walk South on 36th (Street) Walk.
Philadelphia Sights and Attractions:† If you plan to arrive ahead or stay after the program ends, the City of Philadelphia has excellent museums (including the Penn museums as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, and the Rodin Museum). It is also a historic city that provides tours of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, etc. See http://www.visitphilly.com/
Using Public Transportation in Philadelphia:† The public transportation system is run by SEPTA. A single ride fare on a bus, trolley, or subway is 2.25$ (Exact fares must be used. There is no change on buses. Some subway stops have a booth and vending machines for tokens).
For fare information see http://www.septa.org/fares/
For bus schedules and maps see http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/index.html
For information on trolleys (GREEN Line) see http://www.septa.org/maps/trolley/city.html
For the Market-Frankford Line subway see http://www.septa.org/maps/transit/mfl.html
More Than you Ever Wanted to Know About Various Ways of Getting to/from Penn:
From the Airport by Train: The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately twenty minutes from the University of Pennsylvania campus.
Train service from the airport to the Penn Campus is available through SEPTAís Airport Express Train which leaves every half-hour. The fare is around 10.00$. The trip takes approximately twenty-five minutes. From the University City Station it is a 10-15 minute walk to the conference venue.
From 30th Street Station: You can take a taxi or take a 10-15 minute walk to campus.
From Center City Hotels: You can take a taxi, a bus, an underground trolley, or walk.
Depending on the location of your hotel, the walk will take about 30 minutes (you should walk along Walnut Street and cross the Walnut Street Bridge).
The SEPTA 21 Bus runs along Walnut Street going west. The 21 Bus will take you to 36th and Walnut Streets.
You can find underground trolley stops (GREEN Line) on Market Street at 15th, 19th, 22nd Streets. If you board on 19th or 22nd Street you use the staircase on the North side of Market Street. You can take any line, except the # 10. You should get off at the 36th Street stop and then walk South on 36th Street to the ARCH building.
By Car: The closest parking facility is on Walnut St. between 37th & 38th Streets on the north side (access via Walnut Street). For all available parking options by Penn campus, please view the Penn Parking Services interactive map by clicking here. For a list of all parking rates by lot location, please view the Penn Parking Services lot locations and daily rates chart by clicking here.
There is metered parking along both sides of Walnut Street. Note that you cannot park on the right side of Walnut Street between 4-6 PM.
Leaving: Hailing a taxi / meeting an Uber driver: you can hail taxis at 36th and Spruce Streets (to maximize probability of success you might want to walk West to 27th Street or East toward 34th where the hospital entrance is located); at 36th and Walnut Streets, or at 36th and Chestnut Streets (a slightly longer walk, but there is a hotel and traffic on Chestnut heads into Center City).
In case you need to call a taxi, here are some options: Freedom Taxi (215.222.9999), Philadelphia Taxi Cab (215.535.6700), GetACab (215getacab.com, 215.438.2222)
Catching a bus to Center City: walk to 36th and Chestnut Streets to catch the 21 bus. It runs on Chestnut Street all the way to 2nd Street.
Alternatively, you can board the underground trolley (GREEN Line) on 36th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. You can get off on 19th or 15th Street (and Market St.)
Finally, you can take the Market-Frankford subway (toward Frankford) from 34th and Market Streets and get off on 15th and Market Streets.